BLEED is “scary-as-hell”

Amazon reader Jason Norton has written a five-star review of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, which features my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”:

BLEED, now available at

BLEED, now available at

How do you feel about cancer? Have you ever really thought about it? Have you, God forbid, had to experience it? If someone asked you to illustrate it or describe it–if someone asked you to put a face on it–what would cancer look like?

Pick up a copy of BLEED, a scary-as-hell charity anthology benefiting kids with cancer, and you’ll get a vivid picture of just how terrifying it can be.

The contributing authors paint a sobering picture of the horror of the disease–perhaps not in the realism of the stories, but in the emotion fueling them. If you are a fan of the macabre, there’s plenty to love: eerie things lurking beyond the surface, zombie cannibalism, murderous plot twists and an underlying sense of creepiness that spans throughout the anthology. Some of the stories build with a ominous foreboding; others hit you with a gut punch out of nowhere allowing no chance for preparation–again, like the disease they personify.

But the scariest elements are found in the authors’ personal stories. The short bios preceding each entry detail their own experiences with cancer. It is in those stories–especially the introductory essay by editor Lori Michelle–that we see the true picture of how terrifyingly brutal the fight against this unseen enemy can be (fangs or tentacles may be easier to deal with). But we cheer just as hard for these real-life characters–these heroes–as the protagonists in the fiction. And their triumphs are better than anything any author can dream up.

Buy a copy of BLEED, enjoy some great stories and help some kids. There’s no way to go wrong here.

Read the entire review here and see if you can match the stories she/he referenced above in the table of contents below:

So, pick up a copy of BLEED because it’s a great cause, but enjoy it for the stories, each guaranteed to creep under your skin.

2 Responses to “BLEED is “scary-as-hell””

  1. Hey! Thanks for posting these reviews. I loved being part of this anthology, and it looks like you did too. Can you include linkage-goodness with my name on there, too? You’ve got my name but no links for me, and I could use the trackback. I’m at and twitter as petr3pan. Thanks!

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